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Braves break out, finally beat Phillies

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Christian Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the major leagues, including a fifth-inning single that helped the Atlanta Braves break out of their scoring slump in a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

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Phil Gosselin of the Atlanta Braves turns a double play over Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images)

B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer in a three-run second as the Braves ended a 25-inning scoreless streak.

Bethancourt, a catcher recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday following a six-week demotion, drove in the Braves’ first run with an infield single in the second and put Atlanta ahead 5-4 with an RBI single in the fifth.

Atlanta began the day 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the NL’s second wild card.

Ervin Santana (14-7) won despite allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched around a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez in the ninth for his major league-leading 42nd save in 46 chances.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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